Which is better? Batching tasks or bit by bit?

Around this time every year, I wallow in that grand freelance ritual of tallying receipts for my tax return. As a self-employed person, I can deduct a number of things as business expenses, and given that I live in an extremely high tax state and city, it really behooves me to do so.
Of course, that knowledge doesn’t mitigate the fact that I really hate doi… read more »

When projects take longer than planned

One of my favorite time management tips is to block various activities into your schedule, knowing exactly how long they will take. Almost all recurring events in life can be estimated fairly well. Traffic seems like a force of nature, yet long distance bus lines still manage to estimate their arrivals, based on the time of day. If I’ve done the basic re… read more »

The Round-up: Going "tiger mother" on your career

I had two posts over at BNET this week. The first was, I swear, the last thing I’m going to say about the “Tiger Mother.” There’s a lot of craziness about many parts of that story, but some interesting career advice, too, if you think about it. So I wrote a post called “How to go ‘tiger mother’ on your job performance… read more »

Detroit: the place for creatives?

I’m working on a column (and a portion of a book chapter) on creative destruction. As one industry dies, others spring up in the ashes to take its place. From conversations lately, it looks like that phenomenon is at work in… Detroit?
Yes, Detroit. If you are a young, creative person, Detroit is an excellent place to check out, mostly because it is… read more »

Gordon, redux

A few months ago, I did a post about buying Jasper (my 3-year-old) a toy Gordon train in the book store. He and I were having a nice morning together, he asked for the train, and I bought it. Then I wallowed in a whole debate about whether I was “spoiling” him. Then I started asking why I was so worried about spoiling, given the size of the expenditure co… read more »